Apr
08
2015

In classic Wisconsin Democratic fashion, Shirley Abrahamson petulantly fights being demoted.

I am finding it really difficult not to laugh at this.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to try and hold on to her leadership spot after voters approved a constitutional amendment that was likely to result in her demotion.

For the past 126 years the chief justice position has gone to the most senior member of the Supreme Court. Since 1996, that has been Abrahamson. But the amendment approved by voters on Tuesday would instead allow the seven justices to decide who should be chief.

To quote Ann Althouse: “This is what democracy looks like!” …Well, not the bit where the suddenly-lame-duck Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice tries to sue her way into keeping her extra job for a few more years. I mean, it’s not like Justice Abrahamson actually ran for Chief Justice. She ran for Supreme Court Justice. She just happened to have the most seniority, which used to be the criterion for making somebody Chief Justice. Now it no longer matters.

Again. This is what democracy looks like.

Via Instapundit.

3 Comments

  • acat says:

    .. quibble.
    .
    Wouldn’t *democracy* look like Justice Abrahamson making a case among her peers to persuade them to let her keep her job?
    .
    Mew

  • nighttwister says:

    At first, this is what I read:

    For the past 126 years the chief justice position has gone to the most senior member of the Supreme Court, that has been Abrahamson.

    Then I realized she couldn’t have been there that long.

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